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We've recently gone to an apple picking and

we were so surprised by the abundance of apples in each tree.

We were worried that our kids would not be able to reach the apples.

But these apples were so abundant!

They were so many apples growing in each branch that

some of the apples were almost toward the ground

because the branches were too heavy with apples.

(And some of them were literally on the ground still intact on its branches.)

The word abundance was truly fitting to these apple trees.

They were abundantly abundant!

Could our lives in this trouble-filled world be like these abundant apple trees?

Jesus says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10)."

It is His desire that we have abundant life.

But how do we do that when our lives are filled with

challenges, sicknesses, conflicts, failures, fatigue, weariness, and tears?

Just like the apples - we must abide in Him

in order to bear fruit and have an abundant life.

John 15:16 says,

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you

that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide,

so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you."

When we abide in His love and cling to the Vine,

despite the life's all the ups and downs,

we can have an abundant life,

we can -

and we will

experience soul-satisfyingly abundant life,

because of His ever present presence and love.



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